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ALSDE Communications: Teacher of the Year Biographies

Alabama Teacher of the Year/Secondary Teacher of the Year - Dr. Alison Grizzle

P.D. Jackson Olin High School
Birmingham City School System

"I have yet to leave school saying, 'Today all of my students' lives were enriched because they had me as a teacher.' Every day that I leave school, I know that I can always change something to engage more students and impact their learning more effectively."


  • Doctorate of Education - Teacher Leadership, Walden University - 2010
  • National Board Certification - 2004
  • M.A. - Mathematics Education, University of Alabama Birmingham - 1999
  • B.A. degrees - Mathematics and Literature, Denison University - 1997
  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
  • American Federation of Teachers
  • National Staff Development Council
  • Guest presenter/facilitator at local and state education conferences
  • Fox 6 News "What's Right With Our Schools", 2008
  • Birmingham City Schools Teacher Recognition Award, 2003 and 2005

Dr. Alison Grizzle is a math teacher at P.D. Jackson Olin High School in Birmingham, and has taught mathematics in the Birmingham City School System since 1999. She decided not to pursue a career as a financial analyst and followed her heart by entering the world of education and pursuing her passion to teach in high-needs schools because she believes urban districts have more difficulty attaining and retaining good teachers.

Dr. Grizzle is always looking for ways to help her students conquer their fear of mathematics and achieve success in her class, which has resulted in students averaging an 85 percent pass rate on the mathematics portion of the high school exit exam the last several years, including her special-needs pupils.

She believes her greatest service is within her school community, as she offers uncompensated tutoring to any student before and after school and provides other support to students in need.

Alternate Alabama Teacher of the Year/Elementary Teacher of the Year - Tracy Pruitt

Montana Street Academic Magnet School
Dothan City Schools

"My most basic belief drives me every single day: All students can learn. The truth is that they all do learn, but how do you teach students on so many levels with so many diverse backgrounds in one classroom? You work hard and never give up on any child."


  • National Board Certification - 2001
  • M.A. - Early Childhood Education, Troy University - 1995
  • B.A. - Early Childhood Education, Troy University - 1990

  • Dothan Education Association American
  • Delta Kappa Gamma Educational Association
  • National Reading Association
  • Guest presenter/facilitator at local and state education conferences
  • National Blue Ribbon School Teacher
  • Kelly Springs Elementary School Golden Apple Award
  • Recipient of various grants from the Dothan Education Association

Tracy Pruitt, who comes from a family of educators, has taught in Dothan for the past 23 years in various positions, the last five of which have been spent at Montana Street Academic Magnet School.

Pruitt is passionate about teaching literacy and mathematics, integrating technology into the curriculum, and getting parents involved in their child’s education. She is a member of several professional teaching organizations, has served on many education committees and is an active volunteer in her community.

Two of her greatest accomplishments are receiving National Board Certification and knowing that her daughter wants to carry on the family tradition and become an educator.